MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s basketball looks to continue its recent conference success this weekend at the Berry Events Center as it hosts divisional rivals Grand Valley State (Jan. 19) and Ferris State (Jan. 21) for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference north division contests.
The Wildcats enter the matchup at 8-7 on the season and 4-4 in the GLIAC. NMU is coming off of a weekend sweep last week with a 46-35 win at Saginaw Valley State and a 55-36 win at Lake Superior State. The ‘Cats defense played a major factor in the conference sweep, as they allowed their opponents to shoot only .270 percent from the field and .250 from behind the line. NMU also netted a combined 59 defensive rebounds over the two games.
NMU is led by senior guard Chelsea Lyons. The senior leads the ‘Cats in scoring and rebounding, with an average of 12.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Senior forward Hillary Bowling is second on the team in scoring with an average of 9.3 ppg. Sophomore center Annie Rubendunst has made her presence known since the start of the new year recording a career high 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the win over SVSU.
The Lakers enter the contest at 8-8 on the season and 5-4 in the GLIAC. GVSU has won three of its last four games with its lone loss in the last four games coming to Hillsdale (61-57) on Jan. 14.
The ‘Cats are 38-37 all-time against the Lakers dating back to the 1975-76 season. NMU defeated GVSU 54-52 back on Dec. 18, though the Lakers have won four of the last five in the series.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game at 10-4 on the season and 7-1 in the GLIAC. FSU stands alone in first place in the north division and has won four straight contests.
NMU has historically dominated the all-time series at 41-24, dating back to the 1975-76 season. The Bulldogs defeated the ‘Cats earlier in the season, 54-38 back on Dec. 19 though NMU has won three of the last four in the series.
Thursday’s game is part of a doubleheader, with the men’s game set to tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s matinee game is scheduled for 1 p.m. with an autograph session with the players to be held after the game.
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